The gods of gastronomy have blessed Paris with a plethora of pleasures to stimulate the palate. The home chef in search of fantastic ingredients hasn’t got far to go in search of the perfect flavors to season their feast. Paris’ many specialty shops help to point foodies in the right direction, offering a great selection of the highest quality products found in France and the world over. Here’s our list of some of the best.
The notoriously beautiful, delicious, and expensive ingredient, the truffle, is the star of this specialty shop, restaurant and café. Stop in for lunch and leave with truffles galore in the form of sauces, oils or even cheese.Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM 19 Place de la Madeleine, 8th arrondissement Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)
The “House of the Snail” has a century-long reputation as the go-to for one of France’s most favorite and infamous delicacy. If you’ve never tried snail and want your first encounter to be a pleasure, la Maison de l’escargot has got you covered. You’ll be surprised at how tender and flavorful these little guys are when lovingly prepared.Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM 79 rue Fondary, 15th arrondissment Métro: Emile Zola (line 10)
This specialty jam seller is a celebration of sweet, seasonal flavors. They really have everything – from clementine to green tomato. The colorful shop itself is a pleasure for the senses.Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 7:30 PM Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7:30 PM 60 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th arrondissement Métro: Saint Paul (line 1)
Wow, does this shop smell good. They have any type of honey product you could ever imagine form soap to candles to honey wine. You can also buy honey on the comb which is a very special treat.Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 7 PM 24 rue Vignon, 9th arrondissement Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)